Punishing hours? What does it mean?
Hi, what does "punishing hours" mean in the following context? Can you explain it to me in simple terms?
Best Buy’s headquarters in Richfield, Minnesota, are airy, modern, and replete with a concierge, cafés, and dry cleaner. But the company had a reputation for punishing hours
and intrusive bosses— and it was paying the price in lost talent.
Best Buy’s then- CEO Brad Anderson quietly agreed to Ressler and
Thompson’s weird proposal, because it encouraged “people to contribute
rather than just show up and grind out their days.”
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
First, you have to realize that "punishing" is an adjective here, not a verb. "Punishing" is the kind of hours, not what is happening to the hours.
It means very long hours (of work), as if the job was a punishment rather than a job.
- 10 years ago
They mean that they were requiring their employees to work a large number of hours, or an excess of difficult shifts, such as late night shifts, or stocking, etc.
- DoethinebLv 710 years ago
"Punishing hours" means that they will expect you to arrive very early and work until very late and possibly work over weekends.
- Anonymous10 years ago
punishing hours means that it is difficult and isn't fun for them to be there, kinda like if your parents were to "punish" you for "hours" and make your work.
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- RainLv 710 years ago
punishing : subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.